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Notice of Election Bridge Ward December 2017

 

NOTICE OF ELECTION

 ELECTION OF A TOWN COUNCILLOR FOR THE

 LEWES BRIDGE WARD OF LEWES TOWN COUNCIL

 1          An election is to be held of a Town Councillor for the Lewes Bridge Ward of Lewes Town Council.

 2          Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at the offices of Lewes District Council, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1AB between the hours of 9.00am - 5.00pm (Monday - Friday) and not later than 4pm on Friday, 10th November 2017.

 3          Forms of nomination paper may be obtained at the place and within the times set out in 2 above.  The Returning Officer will, at the request of any elector, prepare a nomination paper for signature.

 4           If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday, 7th December 2017.

 5           Electors and their proxies should take note that requests for a new postal vote or postal proxy facility, or to change or cancel an existing postal vote or proxy or postal proxy facility, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the address shown below by 5pm on Wednesday 2nd November 2017, if they are to be effective for this election.   New applications to vote by proxy (except postal proxies and medical emergencies) must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 29th November 2017. The deadline for new applications to be received by the Electoral Registration Officer to vote by proxy on grounds of an emergency is not later than 5pm on Thursday 7th December 2017.

 


Lewes District Council Southover House Southover Road Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1AB

Dated: 30th October 2017


Robert Cottrill Returning Officer


 

 

 

 

Printed & Published by the Returning Officer, Lewes District Council, Southover  House, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1AB

Neighbourhood Plan latest

​   LEWES NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

As we move close to completing a neighbourhood plan for Lewes a draft Plan has been produced, based upon contributions of visitors to our exhibitions and workshops over the last three years and the work done by the community representatives who form our steering group.  Outline policies on themes such as transport and protection of the town's heritage; potential sites for new homes and ideas for design, with supporting arguments, are presented and must be refined in light of YOUR comments before we are ready to produce the final Plan.

The six-week consultation which we began in May ended on 21st June, and the responses received from all those who commented, visited the two-day exhibition, or completed a questionnaire online or on paper, are now being carefully considered.  We are also consulting with statutory bodies such as Lewes District Council; East Sussex County Council; South Downs National Park Authority; the Environment Agency; Natural England; Historic England and others

Thank you to all those who contributed - your feedback​
 will inform the final changes to produce a Neighbourhood Plan that will help us to influence decisions on the development of Lewes up to 2030 and beyond.

A summary of the survey repsonses is available by clicking here

please read the latest news on www.lewes4all.uk

 

WELCOME to our website!

Lewes Town Council is one of the 300 largest of the 10,000-or-so Parish Councils in England and Wales, with expenditure budgeted at just over £1million. It is the successor to Lewes Borough Council, which was incorporated in 1881.  We are based at the Town Hall, in the High Street, which has been the home of Lewes’ local Council since 1893.

Please explore our website; the menus above offer a variety of information and we  add to this all the time.  If you can't find what you are looking-for; please let us know.

 

The Council comprises eighteen elected members – six representing each of three electoral wards (Bridge, Castle, and Priory), and it employs fourteen staff (8 full-time).  Council meets approximately every five weeks and often creates working-parties for large projects or short tasks.  These can co-opt additional members from the community.

Planning applications are considered by a standing committee that meets every three weeks, and there are functional panels for internal matters: Personnel, and Internal Audit/Corporate Governance. A third; the financial Grants Panel, assesses grant applications from voluntary & community sector organizations, and agrees an annual total of over £50,000 in amounts ranging between £50 and £2,000.

We own The Pells, where the open-air pool is operated for us each summer by a local community charity, the Pells Pool Community Association, and Lewes Priory (let to a tenant: Lewes Priory Trust). We own and operate the Town Hall and the All Saints Centre - run as venues for hire, and offering activities ranging from dance-classes; tai-chi; cinema, and a toy-library, to world-class sculpture exhibitions (Auguste Rodin, Anthony Caro, Henry Moore, David Nash); weddings; and musical and theatre events of all types. We also own the Bridgeview (Malling) Community Centre, which is managed for us by the Malling Community Association. We influence town planning and tourism, and provide various local amenities such as litter bins; bus-shelters and other street furniture.  We offer more than 200 allotment plots over our seven sites across the town, and are joint owners of the 44 hectares (approx 110 acres) of open downland at Landport Bottom.

We can financially support or enhance the local functions of other tiers of government, and other public services, such as financing additional environmental cleansing or providing funds for police-monitored CCTV (we pay for the cameras in the town).  All our expenditure is financed either direct from our precept on Council Tax, from reserves or from third-party funds such as National Lottery schemes.  Borrowing for our sector of government is strictly-controlled and requires the consent of the Secretary of State.

This is a time of change in local government, and Parish Councils face an even busier future with the latest initiatives focussed upon localism.  We are recognized as the tier closest to the community, whilst District and County Councils play a more strategic role (transport; health; housing; education etc.).  Parishes are offered a more active role, if they want it, than at any time since the last “big” local government reorganization in 1974.

With the economic climate forcing reviews of the mechanisms and funding of local government at Principal Authority level (County; District and Unitary councils), it is likely that many non-statutory (often called “discretionary”) services; land and property assets etc may be devolved to Parish Councils.  Lewes Town Council considers itself well-placed to address any additional responsibilities or duties, and we look forward to the next few years with interest!

 

Town Hall, High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2QS   (  01273 471469   8  info@lewes-tc.gov.uk

 

 

 

 


 

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